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Dahl Automotive

WI 54650

About

We have a strong and committed sales staff with many years of experience satisfying our guests' needs. Feel free to browse our inventory online, request more information about vehicles, set up a test drive or inquire about financing!

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Dahl Family History


A.H. Dahl and Co. General Store: Westby, WI 1910

Five generations of the Dahl familyhave influenced the automobile industry for almost 100 years. Dahl Automotive La Crosse is the ninth-oldest family-ownedFord dealership in the nation. This has been made possible through years ofguest loyalty, which stems from a constant focus on the guest's complete satisfaction with our products and services. The rich history of the family as they continue to grow alongside the automotive industry is a great legacy in the making.


A.H. Dahl and Co. General Store: Westby, WI 1910

Andrew H. Dahl of Westby, WI, who was already running a general store, serving in the Wisconsin legislature, and raising seven children, received an agency agreement from Ford Motor Company in 1911. Ford Model T's were sold at Andrew's General store, Andrew H. Dahl Co., for $500 each until a new store was built. At this time two of Andrew's four sons, Harry and Chester were convinced to run the operation acting as managers, salespeople, and driving instructors. Ford Motor Company, during the initial years, would transport Model T parts by locomotive, leaving it up to the dealers to assemble themback at theirshops. In addition to selling the car, Ford dealers neededteach customers to drive this brand new machine. Dahl expanded to Viroqua, WI and La Crosse in 1911.


Downtown La Crosse 1914

The first garage in La Crosse was located at Main and Front streets (shown above) but was too small for the thriving store and within two years of operation we expanded to a larger dealership located on Sixth and King streets. That building is still standing, and today houses WKBT-TV. Chester established a string of Chevy dealerships all over the country during the late 1920's, and in the early 1930's was recognized as the largest Chevy dealer in the world.


Dahl FordDealership 1918: 6th and King, La Crosse, WI

Kenneth Dahl, Harry's son, began selling Fords with his father in 1937. The family business continued to prosper under Kenny's leadership, with dealerships across the nation from Beaumont, Texas to Yonkers, New York. During this expansion, stores were started in many other states, including Davenport, IA, that still is operated byVinje and K.V.Dahl. In 1954 the La Crosse business relocated to Fourth and Cass streets, but just three years later moved to it's present location at Third and Division streets. Kenny Dahl is now 94 years old and spends most of his time in Florida where he gets on the golf course a couple times a week.


Ford Showroom on 6th st. in La Crosse: 1920's

Harry Dahl, Ken's son and part of the fourth generation, joined the business in 1970 and now is the current president of the company. He added the Subaru franchise in 1985, the Mitsubishi franchise in 1988 and the Suzuki franchise in 2003, expanded the company's body shop and service department, and established Dahl Automotive Onalaska, which offers the Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Hyundai lines. Our newest expansion occurred in 2010 with the acquistion of the Toyota dealership in Winona, MN.


Dahl Subaru, Mazda, and Hyundai: 4th St. La Crosse


Dahl Ford and Lincoln: 561 Theater Rd. Onalaska, WI



Dahl Toyota: 1111 West Highway 61, Winona



Dahl Chevrolet Buick GMC: 225 West 3rd Street, Winona

Now leading the charge is the 5th Generation: Andrew, Jansen, and Tyler. All 3 men hold various positions within the dealerships and stay committed to continue the legacy that nearly 100 years has built.


From Left: Harry, Andrew, Jansen, and Tyler Dahl